New Delhi: Australian legend Glenn McGrath may be the answer to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's pace woes. The former fast bowler - with 563 Test wickets - may mentor India's international pacers ahead of the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
According to a national daily, the MRF Pace Academy, where McGrath is a trainer, has submitted a presentation to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. If accepted, the National Cricket Academy will choose and send a group of bowlers who could improve form McGrath's guidance. (Also read: Dravid feels lacklustre bowling hurting India)
The need to refine the skills of pacers in the country is urgent, especially in the wake of the 4-0 drubbing in New Zealand. McGrath believes several problems plague Indian fast bowlers, citing inability to bowl yorkers as the most jarring. "I haven't seen a single bowler who can bowl six good yorkers. If he can, I am sure the batsmen won't be able to take him apart that easily," he was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
India's current four-pronged attack consisting of Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron have proved ineffective in the just-concluded ODI series. With limited options, will the experience of a Zaheer Khan rescue the team. "Zaheer's experience is valuable but he should only play if he is fit," said 43-year-old McGrath.
A leading new-ball operator during his times, McGrath can be a god-sent for Indian cricket if he agrees to guide Ishant and Company ahead of the 2015 World Cup, which Dhoni's Devils have to defend. (Also read: Difficult for India to defend World Cup, says Gavaskar)